|Spin City Skate Center (originally the Great Skate) is located at 284 Riggin Road in Troy, Illinois. The skating center, located next to the Tri-Township Park, closed several years ago, and had been empty ever since. In the Summer of 2012, however, the Troy Park Commissioners decided to purchase the building and give it back to the community as a place for all to enjoy. Within several months, Spin City Skate Center plans to be entirely self-maintaining, using no tax dollars for support.
Commissioner Tim Flint led the Spin City project since its inception and was first tasked with finding a suitable manager to restore the life of the skating center and ensure the project’s success. Luckily, Tim found Bennie Parr. Bennie had worked for 21 years at Fun Spot Skating Center in Belleville, Illinois. Bennie had extensive experience in selling, repairing, and building custom skates, as well as serving as a floor guard, DJ, and manager. Bennie also had many years of experience teaching skating skills at the rink, as well as in P.E. classes at local schools. He also helped with roller derby training and skated with the Gateway Speed Skating Team. In addition, Bennie worked with youth roller hockey leagues and led the Fun Spot Jammers, a skate team that performed choreographed skate routines with backflips and break-dancing. The Jammers performed for multiple years in parades at youth fairs, as well as at the St. Clair County Red Ribbon Rally, which shows thousands of children the amazing things you can accomplish if you keep your mind and body free of drugs. Bennie, however, was looking to take his next step in life, and accepted the job at Spin City, dedicating himself to providing fun, exciting, and healthy entertainment to the community of Troy, Illinois.
Spin City Skate Center received a massive makeover, with new paint, safety walls, a pro shop with specialty equipment, brand new sound and lighting, and a novelty center. In addition, the skating center now has a fully equipped pizza kitchen and facilities for amazing full-service birthday parties for all ages! Here at Spin City Skate Center, we focus on fun and entertainment, so come on down and join us!